The Express Newspaper – December 15, 2016

April 1865, Two Journeys – by S. McBride

In today’s world, John Wilkes Booth would be called a “rock star”.  He was handsome, talented and well-paid.  He came from a prominent family of thespians.  He may have been an indifferent student, but he was skilled at fencing and horsemanship.  He was well-known in Washington, D. C. from his many performances on the stage, and his stunning good looks certainly caught the attention of many.

This Week in The Civil War – A Single Shot – by S. McBride

A nation breathing a collective sigh of relief after a long and bloody civil war.  A packed theater.  A celebratory crowd. A wave of laughter punctuated by the pop of a single gunshot.  A man leaping to the stage in front of a full-house crowd, crying “Sic semper tyrannis!”  Screams. A blood-curdling shriek from the flag-draped box from which the man had jumped at stage left. Confusion. Chaos. Fear.

It was Good Friday, April 14, 1865.

Read the entire article in the April 16th issue.

This Month in the Civil War – March, 1865 Closing In – by S. McBride

On the morning of March 4, 1865, the day when Abraham Lincoln would be sworn in for his second term as President of the United States, it rained.  In fact, it had rained nearly every day of the month just past. But the incessant downpour did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the 50,000 citizens who had gathered in front of the Capitol building in Washington, with its newly-completed dome topped by the statue of Freedom, to hear his inaugural address.

Read the entire article in the March 19th edition.

This Month in the Civil War – Fort Fisher Surrenders – by S. McBride

As William Tecumseh Sherman was offering the capture of the key Confederate city of Savannah, Georgia to President Abraham Lincoln as a “Christmas gift”, a combined amphibious Army and Navy force was engaged in an attempt to capture Fort Fisher near Wilmington, North Carolina. That was the only remaining Atlantic seaport accessible to blockade runners who were bringing in supplies to keep the rapidly-fading Confederate hopes of victory alive.

Read the entire article in the Jan. 15th issue of the Express.

Lincoln’s 2-Minute Gettysburg Address – By Sandy McBride

On June 30, 1863 Gettysburg, Pennsylvania was a small, quiet village of 2500 inhabitants.  It had seven churches, a college and a seminary, and it was surrounded by rolling farm fields and wooded hills.  Three days later, its streets and the nearby fields and woods were littered with the bodies of 6,000 soldiers and the rotting corpses of 3000 horses killed in an epic battle of the Civil War.  97,000 Federal soldiers had converged on Gettysburg to confront the invasion of 75,000 rebel troops. 50,000 men . . . nearly one out of every three . . . had been killed, wounded or captured. The Union had won the three day battle, but failed to end the war.


Read the full story in the Nov. 7th edition of the Express.